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07-05-2013 11:50 PM
Shinook
Re: I can't heave to

You might get better responses if you indicate what type of boat you are trying to do it with.

If I understand correctly, the ability to heave to and maintain that position indefinitely varies from boat to boat. For ours, we just tack from a close haul, leave the jib sheet, let out the main, and tie off the rudder to the opposite side. That's worked for every boat I've been on (Note: not many), but from reading I've heard that a number of boats require more work or just don't do it well.

I don't know how I'd reef if I couldn't get the boat to heave to
07-05-2013 06:06 PM
mark2gmtrans
Re: I can't heave to

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Originally Posted by travlineasy View Post
Wait till you get old and make the same statement. It's amazing how the aging process effects this function, especially when you realize that you'll soon be peeing on your shoes.

Cheers,

Gary
Or worse yet, as most of the time when the weather is warm enough I wear no shoes...
07-05-2013 05:54 PM
SchwarckT
Re: I can't heave to

Having a boat with a longer keel makes heaving to much easier. My O-Day 22 heaves to easily and is very stable, while my other two centerboard boats (15' Challenger and O'Day Mariner) don't really settle down well when I try to heave to.
07-05-2013 04:25 PM
Garret01
Re: I can't heave to

I thank you sir.
07-05-2013 03:56 PM
SchwarckT
Re: I can't heave to

How to Heave To - Heave-to a Sailboat
07-05-2013 03:43 PM
Garret01
Re: I can't heave to

As I post this, I will give notice that I am brand spankin new to sailing.

When heaving to, should you end up at the "in irons" position or does it matter? Just as long as the tiller is locked leeward, the jib is backwinded and the main is in the opposite direction of the jib...

I haven't been out yet (I just finished a two day ASA101) so I want to make sure I have this figured out.

Thanks!
05-18-2013 06:47 PM
Tempest
Re: I can't heave to

I agree that you're going to want to find the balance to be able to heave-to in all conditions

But, if the wind is typically only 5 kn. or less, and you have room with no one near you, just head up ease the sails a bit put a bungy cord on the tiller and do what you need to do.. how much trouble can you get into going 2 kn.
05-18-2013 06:23 PM
oysterman23 Alternate with beer.....
05-18-2013 12:55 PM
northoceanbeach
Re: I can't heave to

I do think its a case I the job overpowering the main and me not having things properly balanced.

Tiller tamer is a good idea and so is an autopilot but I still need to be able to heave to. I need some wind to practice in. At first when this boat wasn't actjng like my thers I thought I was in a funny current but it can't be a funny current all the time.
05-18-2013 11:08 AM
krisscross
Re: I can't heave to

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Originally Posted by travlineasy View Post
Wait till you get old and make the same statement. It's amazing how the aging process effects this function, especially when you realize that you'll soon be peeing on your shoes.

Cheers,

Gary
Yes, when you are old you need to hold on to everything with both hands, so you have to pick whether you are going to hold on to the stay, or to your wiener. In either case it is going to be a disaster.
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